DOT Truck Accidents
|Source||U.S. Department of Transportation|
|File Size||2.83 GB|
|Dates Covered||1988 to Nov. 2013|
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Main documentation (readme.txt)||16.5 KB|
|Data sample (crash_sample.csv)||82.2 KB|
|Record layout (layout.xls)||33.5 KB|
- Investigating Trucking
This tipsheet is a comprehensive guide to reporting on the trucking industry. It begins with a list of questions to ask at the beginning of an investigation, like, “Did the truck driver have a valid Commercial Drivers License?” Next, the tipsheet lists some pieces of information that reporters should be able to find before deadline, that could make their stories better. Then, the tipsheet lists possible follow – up investigations; these are more long-term projects and might make for good enterprise stories. There is a description of how to go about each investigation. Finally, the tipsheet ends with a list of contacts and government agencies that could be helpful for a reporter writing a story about the trucking industry.
- Danger Zone
The Gazette investigation found that nearly half the fatal accidents on Interstate 80 in Iowa from 1994-2001 involved semi-trailer trucks. No other interstate in Iowa had a rate that high. Traffic counts are growing on a 60-70 mile stretch of I-80 in Eastern Iowa, where many of the semi-trailer trucks are concentrated. Despite the growth in traffic, state officials have no plans to improve safety by widening the highway because traffic counts are just shy of the threshold for widening the road.
- Truck Stop
“A six-month Dateline investigation revealed an extraordinary number of eighteen wheelers driving the nation’s highways with serious defects. We searched accident and inspection records of trucking companies throughout the country and spent several days at truck inspection stations and found forty percent of big rigs were so dangerous they were ordered off the road. Incredibly, the main defect we found was brake problems.”
- Road Hazards
Drivers with “poor safety records and histories of drug and alcohol abuse,” poorly inspected and maintained trucks and lax enforcement of safety laws are the main problems affecting the truck driving industry in the state of Texas. The Dallas Morning News investigates, spurred by the case of Miroslaw Jozwiak, a trucker who falsified his log reports before causing a fatal accident, which he survived. The stories of those who perished in the crash are told, as are those of the people who survived the crash.